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Chest pain

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Chest pain may be a symptom of a number of serious conditions and is generally considered a medical emergency. Even though it may be determined that the pain is non-cardiac in origin, this is often a diagnosis of exclusion made after ruling out more serious causes of the pain.

Chest pain is the presenting symptom in about 12% of emergency department visits in the United States and has a one year mortality of about 5%.